Humanities

HUM 10 – INTRODUCTION TO HUMANITIES
This course charts the development of Western culture from the Renaissance (approximately 1500 A.D.) to the present. We will look at the visual arts and music as representative of basic cultural change, and will examine the changes in Western thought: the development of scientific method, changing views of physical reality, and the redefinition of social justice. Lastly we will consider the possibility that a “world culture” is developing in the post-industrial world. (3 units)

HUM 16 – ART OF THE FILM
This is a basic course on film analysis and criticism. Looking at film making from the director's viewpoint, the student shall examine the relationship between script, acting, pace, sound and special effects. In particular, the class will try to identify the details of film making that make the difference between good movies, which are rare, and bad ones, which are very common. (3 units)

HUM 25 – CHINESE: MANDARIN
A beginning course in modern Chinese which emphasizes the development of oral skills, reading and other basic language skills through use of dialogues. (4 units)

HUM 27 and HUM 28 – SPANISH I, II
This course teaches the most used Spanish vocabulary and how to put the words together to become conversationally fluent. The class will also cover the rules for putting words together to form complete sentences in Spanish, and how to listen to and understand Spanish spoken at a normal conversation speed. Two semesters. (3+3 units)

HUM 30 – INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
An analysis of human experience in relation to the world; the problems of reality, thought and value. Studies of the major movements, methods, and terminology of philosophical thinking. (3 units)

HUM 110 – SURVEY OF WORLD ART
The course will explore the history of paintings, sculpture, and architecture from civilization's beginnings to the present day. Focus will be on the development and periods of Western Art; important contributions to the West from the art of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia will be examined. Classes will consist of slide lectures, group discussions, and numerous visits to Bay Area museums and art galleries. (3 units)

HUM 155 – THE NATURAL AND CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT OF THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA
The course seeks to develop the students: 1) creativity, 2) sensory perception, 3) appreciation of the natural and cultural environment to be found in San Francisco. The class will enable students to more fully appreciate the richness and diversity of all phases of life in the Bay Area. (3 units)

HUM 156 – THE CITY'S RESOURCES AS A CLASSROOM
Students will be introduced to the vast array of diverse learning experiences available from cultures in the Bay Area. Visits will be made to points of interest to facilitate the learning experience. (3 units)

HUM 157 – AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE
This course is an attempt at the description, investigation and definition of "American Popular Culture," for example, the arts, and entertainment of the American people: sports, television, motion pictures, music, art, fiction, the press, decor, periodicals, etc. The approach will be inductive and empirical, exploring culture itself for information and discussing the broad general implications of American Popular Culture for the 20th Century and beyond. (3 units)

HUM 159 – MULTICULTURAL HERITAGE
The course emphasizes the diversity of cultural influences which have and continue to shape the character of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Focus will be upon the visual act as a metaphor for the emergence of various cultural patterns. Attention will be paid to the impact of various groups upon this multi-cultural society. Field trips to important cultural centers will be made. (3 units)  Prerequisite: HUM 10

HUM 290 – RESEARCH PROJECT IN HUMANITIES
This course is designed to help students become accustomed to the process of writing a research paper for academic courses. Research methodologies, rules for documentation and organizational principles of writing are the three focused areas of the course. Students will learn some of the recent research techniques such as database searches and on-line research as well as other essential research methodologies like using the library, taking notes and developing a bibliography. As to organizational principles of writing introduced in the course include writing a thesis statement, writing a formal outline, and revising techniques. All the research and writing process discussed in the course are divided into a series of step-by-step activities and exercises to provide the students with a manageable and non-threatening learning experience. (1-4 units)
Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission